Universitat de Girona – UdiGitalEdu (Spain)
UdiGitalEdu is a research group at the University of Girona. Its team develops projects in the fields of Education, Technology and International Development with a multidisciplinary approach; team members have very different research backgrounds, from both the Science&Technology and the Humanities.
UdiGitalEdu designs learning experiences for children and young people by combining Technology, Science and Art, with the purpose of encouraging creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. The group specially focuses on newly arrived migrant children and underserved communities.
The way UdiGitalEdu understands learning is strongly influenced by names like Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Freire, Montessori, Papert and Resnick. Its model is inspired by learning theories such as Social Constructivism, Constructionism or Connectivism, and also by educational approaches and modern movements such as Connected Learning and the Maker Culture. Global Citizenship Education and Changemaker Education are also pillars of all UdiGitalEdu initiatives.
During the past seven years UdiGitalEdu has developed several projects to promote social inclusion by designing creative learning activities for disadvantaged schools.
UdiGitalEdu belongs to the University of Girona which is a public institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, dissemination and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.
The UdG, deeply rooted in Catalonia and Catalan culture, is one of the primary economic and cultural motors of the region. At the same time, it pursues a vocation of universality and openness to all traditions and cultures.
It is located in the city of Girona and is a part of the Catalan public university system. It has more than 13,000 students and around 3,000 employees. The UdG offers first, second and third degree higher educational programmes, and, at the same time is well positioned in research productivity indicators and creates relevant R&D technology transfer projects.